Articles tagged with: activism

Testing, testing - "You could have infected your children" -- (Part 1)

published: May, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

A family confronts their HIV diagnosis and an insensitive medical establishment in guest writer Rob Newman's "Testing Testing (Part 1)"

Testing, testing -

"The doctor wasted no time in letting us know what was up. In fact he said it so quickly that my partner misunderstood his words and thought he said she had a positive pregnancy test. She was not pregnant." A testing story … I bet we could put a book together about people’s journeys through testing whether the end result was a negative or a positive; the arduous journey of the test itself can be and in some cases is a part of the overall trauma. There was no rapid point of care testing

A Canadian petition on the need for treatment as prevention gets a Ministerial response

published: May, 02, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews the response B.C activists received to their petition to the Federal Government calling for a National AIDS Strategy that embodies better access to diagnosis and treatment, including the principle of treatment as prevention

A Canadian petition on the need for treatment as prevention gets a Ministerial response

Back in 2014 I was in contact with Bob Bachas from British Columbia who, working with SGIAS and with the office of Elizabeth May MP assisting, wanted to petition the Canadian government in the following way:  “Your petitioners call on the House of Commons to recognize that all Canadians, no matter their location or socioeconomic status, deserve access to pro-active diagnosis and effective treatment for HIV/AIDS, and immediately implement a National AIDS Strategy based on the proven princip

Together we can make HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE a reality

published: April, 11, 2016 Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

The UK’s Edwin J. Bernard says "preventing and remedying HIV criminalisation is going to take many years, if not decades, and so we need to work together” but a new global initiative is working on it!

Together we can make HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE a reality

HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE founding partners and some of their supporters in Brighton, March 24 2016. Back row L-R: Rhon Reynolds (GNP+), Edwin J Bernard (HIV Justice Network), Jessica Whitbread (ICW), Boyan Konstantinov (UNDP), Patrick Eba (UNAIDS), Sean Strub (SERO). Front row L-R: Julian Hows (GNP+), Sylvie Beaumont (HIV Justice Network), Cécile Kazatchkine (Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network), Naina Khanna (PWN-USA) and Michaela Clayton (ARASA). Two weeks ago, thanks to generous funding for 201

When you are newly diagnosed . . .

published: March, 17, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK’s Alex Sparrowhawk asks “ Where’s the first place you’d turn?” and makes a case for the government’s continued support for agencies that provide counselling services to people living with HIV

When you are newly diagnosed . . .

Continually attending the Hathersage Centre sexual health clinic in Manchester for my bloods and consultant appointments for the past six years, I find it easy to visualize the male waiting room, the ‘interview’ room and the nurse who delivered my diagnosis.  Calm but to the point, that nurse broke the news to me as best as anyone could. She explained what would happen next and asked if I wanted to provide some further blood samples. What that nurse couldn’t do was provide me with a fi

The push for treatment access

published: February, 01, 2016 Categories // Activism, CATIE, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, Tim McCaskell on how community-based activism has shaped accessibility of HIV drugs today

The push for treatment access

This article by Tim McCaskell first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.    Une version française est disponible ici.   When AIDS first started decimating communities of gay men in the early ’80s, those in power were largely indifferent. Why spend resources to save the lives of a group so widely reviled? It was not until well-known people started getting sick and it was recognized that anybody could get HIV that panic ensued and a public health response was mo

A gay cultural treat

published: January, 11, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy reviews The Gay History Project, an important and enjoyable romp through all things gay, playing at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto until January 31

A gay cultural treat

If the title of the play now running for a second time at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times Theatre this month prior to its national tour, sounds dull or scholarly, don’t be deterred - because the show is anything but dull. True, it has elements of a tutorial on our cultural heritage but presented in a way that is fresh, entertaining and often downright hilarious. If only history lessons were always this fun.  Three likeable young actors – Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn and Andrew Kushnir  - tak

A call to action

published: December, 03, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

AIDS Action Now! calls on the new Liberal government to re-establish a National HIV Strategy in Canada and to build a National Pharmacare program

A call to action

December 1, 2015  Dear Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, Health Minister of Canada: AIDS ACTION NOW! is a Toronto-based activist organization established in 1988 to fight for an end to the AIDS epidemic. We were instrumental in convincing the Federal government to establish the first National AIDS Strategy in 1990. We were also central to the campaign that led to the development of the Trillium Drug Program in Ontario in 1995. We call on you to take swift action to re-establish a formal and ef

There is a pill…

published: October, 27, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK’s Alex Sparrowhawk says we should be offering people every means of protection against HIV available. But some means, like PrEP, are not available in the UK (nor in Canada, except for the lucky few – says PositiveLite.com. And that’s absurd.)

There is a pill…

Fifteen years ago you couldn’t pay me to eat an olive, savoury, salty evil – a sort of anti-grape, I wasn’t even able to stomach a little black one in the middle of a Margherita. Today I can’t get enough of them, consuming a pot within minutes of peeling back the plastic seal. Tastes change, so do opinions, and sometimes we look back and realise we weren’t always right. It’s more than two years since I first discussed PrEP on this blog and in that time a lot has changed, I’ve le

How do we solve a problem like Pintauro?

published: October, 15, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Television, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on the shaky coming out of poz guy Danny Pintauro from TV’s “Who’s the Boss?”

How do we solve a problem like Pintauro?

My discomfort began as I sat in front of my web cam, waiting to join Danny Pintauro in a segment on Huffington Post Live. Danny had recently announced on an Oprah special that he was living with HIV, which was big news for fans of “Who’s the Boss?” and those who loved the precocious little boy Danny played. Before my virtual entrance, Danny was telling host Nancy Redd how he was infected with HIV.  He wanted to explore “rougher sides” of his sexuality, he explained. And wouldn’t

Catching up with the first Miss America to champion AIDS awareness

published: September, 29, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Features and Interviews, International , Mark S. King

Mark S King says “When Miss Florida 1992, Leanza Cornett, competed for the crown of Miss America 1993, . . we adored her because she proudly chose an AIDS awareness platform — and she meant it down to her lovely bones.”

Catching up with the first Miss America to champion AIDS awareness

When Miss Florida 1992, Leanza Cornett, competed for the crown of Miss America 1993, she didn’t just have gay hearts aflutter over our love for pageant competitions. We adored her because she proudly chose an AIDS awareness platform — and she meant it down to her lovely bones. When she won, she made good on her promise to bring HIV issues to an audience that wasn’t used to Miss America hanging out with dying gay men or performing condom demonstrations. My interview with the groundbre

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